U.S. men's camp: Gregg Berhalter answers Tyler Adams positional mystery

The U.S. men's national team began training camp on Monday for Thursday's match against Ecuador at Orlando City Stadium.

There were a few stragglers arriving late from Sunday club duty, but most of the players were already in camp, the first with a full allotment of players since Gregg Berhalter was hired as head coach.

How the foreign-based players would slot into the team has been a matter of speculation following Berhalter's first camp in January, where he introduced his plans for the USA's style of play and attacking principles.

On a media call following the release of the 24-player squad, Berhalter was asked about what he had in mind for the U.S. team's two most influential young players, Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams.

Pulisic has played mostly on the wing for Borussia Dortmund, but Berhalter was direct in his plans for the 20-year-old Pennsylvania: “In this camp, we’re going to look at him as the No. 10. As the No. 10 slanted to the left. We played with two No. 10s last camp, we’re going to do the same this camp."

As far as Adams, who has been the linchpin of the RB Leipizg midfield in a defensive role, Berhalter was less definitive saying he saw the 20-year-old Red Bulls product as a right back tucked in or in central midfield.

But on Monday after practice, Berhalter told reporters what has been suspected -- that he will indeed use Adams in the hybrid right back/central midfield role Nick Lima played in the friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica, and DeAndre Yedlin, the No. 1 right back for most of the last four years, will be used as a winger.

Yedlin, who starts as right back for Newcastle United in the EPL, was a right back in MLS with the Seattle Sounders but came off the bench and played on the right wing in his World Cup debut, helping set up the Clint Dempsey goal in the 2-2 tie with Portugal in 2014.

Yedlin will face competition on the right wing. Corey Baird started on the right side in the wins over Panama and Costa Rica, Paul Arriola started against Costa Rica on the left wing but is a natural right winger, while Jordan Morris has been playing on the right wing for the Seattle Sounders.

GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/-)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/-)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/-)

DEFENDERS (8):
John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3)
Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3)
Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0)
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0)
Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0)
Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1)
Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 143/17)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2)
Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 7/0)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)

FORWARDS (6):
Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3)
Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0)
Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 25/5)
Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 42/6)

10 comments about "U.S. men's camp: Gregg Berhalter answers Tyler Adams positional mystery".
  1. Wooden Ships, March 18, 2019 at 8:58 p.m.

    The US has rarely had players that provide quality service from the wings, driven bending balls in. Wings also, when coming in need to have confidence and finish. I’m pulling for him and the team, but I’ve never seen either from DeAndre. 

  2. beautiful game replied, March 18, 2019 at 9:43 p.m.

    WS; don't hold your breath. I've seen enough of the multi-capped players who have moments of success; and moments are meaningless for the 90-minutes or less. The new blood deserves scrutiny and if they can perform, select them!!!

  3. Wooden Ships replied, March 18, 2019 at 10:14 p.m.

    Bg, I’m not. CP isn’t a 10 either. I might have to pull a Lewis Black and stick a fork in 
    my eye, when MB’s out there with the Captains band again. 

  4. frank schoon replied, March 19, 2019 at 9:52 a.m.

    Ships, BG, the last time I saw a good cross from the wing on the USMNT was from Preki and he wasn't even a wing. Name one American player who can play wing, not just place someone on the wing, that has great one on one dribbling skills able to create and cause 2v1 situations; good kicking/passing techniques, in other words good  crossing skills, bending the ball (spooning) away from the goalie, or slicing the ball ( outside of foot to near post) ;or employing the instep blasting the ball in straight line coming across the goal mouth.
     Let me know when they find someone, otherwise they are  just talking about putting someone on the wing who can run back and forth on the flanks...

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 19, 2019 at 11:47 a.m.

    I have a simple view of the situation. Crossing skill comes from training crossing. A national team coach cannot turn someone into a successful winger even if they have the potential to be a great winger. If the player hasn't trained crossing with their club, they won't have the crossing skill needed. Now you would think that clubs would have their fullbacks practice crossing, but that would be only an assumption.

  6. frank schoon replied, March 19, 2019 at 12:49 p.m.

    Bob, to be good at something ,you have to practice. Christiano Ronaldo is the always the first to appear practice way before anyone else showed up for practice and the last to leave usually about an hour later for he worked to become better. After he practice he lays in a bathtub with ice in it.
    Ronald Koeman at Barcelona was known at one time to have  the hardest shot in the world and as a sweeper was able to place a long 40meter ball virtually in the wings back pocket. He, likewise spend an hour after each practice working on this skill.
    Ruud Krol the rightfooted leftback during Ajax glory days and The Dutch team of WC''74 spend time after each practice learning to cross the ball with his left foot and became well versed.
    Cruyff who didn't have a strong leftfoot for crossing, practice crossing using the outside of his right foot and got good at it....Practice makes perfect regardless how good you are.
    You don't need to be with your club, or with the NT to improve yourself

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, March 19, 2019 at 6:16 p.m.

    True, Frank. Practicing a few days are year with the national team isn't going to help. Realistically players are going to work on what they need for their club role. It is what their clubs pay them to do.

  8. frank schoon replied, March 19, 2019 at 9:11 p.m.

    Bob, exactly and the advantage of the USMNT is to be able to pick the best wing out of the clubs who have wingers.  Therefore if wingers at clubs want to stand a chance to be picked for the  NT , they need to work to extra to be the best at that position .

  9. Bob Ashpole, March 19, 2019 at 3:54 a.m.

    I am more interested in how the team plays than who plays what position.

  10. John Soares, March 19, 2019 at 5:17 a.m.

    Most teams change one or two players at a time.
    This is "mostly" a new team, style, and coach.
    Let's give them a fair chance....
    That's more than one game.

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